“There doesn’t seem to be any issues with disease and bacteria in the fields and the fields look very clean,” Monteith said. “We are anticipating a good start for the season.”
Calvert Cullen, president of Cheriton, Va.-based Northampton Growers Produce Sales Inc., which grows and ships bell peppers, cucumbers and squash throughout the eastern U.S., said most of his plantings got in after Hurricane Isaac.
“Everything should be fine,” he said in mid-October. “We had only laid plastic, so the rains didn’t hurt anything. We may have lost four to five days but it’s no biggie in the scheme of things.”
Cullen said Georgia volume is strong, but demand is a little slow.
He said demand seems to be improving as northern producing areas finish.
On Oct. 16, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported these prices from southern Georgia:
- Bell peppers: 1 1/9-bushel cartons of jumbos, $10.35-12.85 for extra large and jumbos;
- Cucumbers: 1 1/9-bushel cartons of waxed medium, $16.35-18.85 with cartons of 24s for $7.35-8.85;
- Squash: 1/2- and 5/9-bushel cartons and crates of zucchini small $10.35-10.85, medium, $6.35-8.85; 1/2-bushel cartons and crates of yellow straightneck small, $12.35-14.85, medium, $10.35-12.85;
- Corn: wirebound crates of 4-4 1/2 dozen, $12.95 for yellow and bicolor and $14.95 for white.
- Beans: $12.35-14.85 for bushel cartons/crates of machine-picked and hand-picked round green beans.